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New Article: Kenya’s harsh new security laws put hundreds of thousands of refugees at risk

Kenya’s harsh new security laws put hundreds of thousands of refugees at risk

By Neil James Wilson, Visiting Lecturer, Department of International Politics at City University London

Image Copyright: The Conversation website at: https://theconversation.com/

Kenya has passed a controversial amendment to the country’s existing security laws, days after heated debates led to brawling on the floor of the Kenyan Parliament. Despite the fracas, the bill was passed with only minor changes, to the dismay of observers at home and abroad.

Domestic and international attention has mainly focused on the impact the bill would have on the period of detention without charge, the tapping of communications without court consent, the erosion of media freedom and the limitations placed upon the right to protest. But the world has paid less attention to the severe implications the new amendments have for refugees in Africa’s second-largest refugee-hosting country.

For Kenya’s half a million refugees, many of whom have escaped diabolical threats across the Somali border, this is very bad news indeed.

Round them up

The Security Laws (Amendment) Act 2014 changes Kenya’s 2006 Refugee Act in two vital ways: it seeks to limit the number of refugees and asylum seekers in the country to 150,000, and it further enforces an encampment policy, limiting refugees to the country’s two sprawling, remote camps in Dadaab and Kakuma.

The United Nations’ Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates that over the next year the current number of 500,000 refugees in Kenya is will rise. With continuing conflict in Somalia and South Sudan, placing strict limits on the number of people who can access state protection will endanger lives.

A strict encampment policy also bucks a recent trend of moving away from refugee camps as a means of addressing refugee situations. In July 2014 UNHCR released a new policy that embraced alternatives to camps, with the aim of helping refugees “exercise rights and freedoms, make meaningful choices regarding their lives and have the possibility to live greater dignity, independence and normality as members of communities.”

Read the full article on The Conversation website at:  https://theconversation.com/kenyas-harsh-new-security-laws-put-hundreds-of-thousands-of-refugees-at-risk-35789


19th century immigrants’ records released online | The National Archives

The records of thousands of 19th century immigrants to Britain are

now available to search and download online. The collection, which covers the period 1801 to 1871, includes records relating to more than 7,000 people who applied to become British citizens under the 1844 Naturalisation Act, as well as a small number of papers relating to denization, a form of British citizenship that conferred some but not all the rights of a British subject.

Applicants were required under the act to present a memorial to the Secretary of State at the Home Office stating their age, trade and duration of residence. These papers are now available online for the first time.

They include a rich mix of individuals from across the world, including a large number of immigrants from French and German states, as well as Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, Russia, Poland, Sweden and the Italian states.

The majority settled in London, establishing immigrant communities, such as ‘Little Italy’ in Clerkenwell, which still exist today. Many Italian immigrants were ice cream makers, plasterers, confectioners, restaurateurs, and shop keepers, while many German immigrants settled in the East End of London working in the sugar refineries and in the meat and baking trades.

The upheaval caused by the European revolutions of 1848 caused an upsurge in political exiles, while the Great Exhibition at Hyde Park in London in 1851 attracted pioneers of industry from across Europe as the country embarked on the industrial revolution.

You can read more about the series on The National Archives’ blog and search the records in Discovery, our catalogue.

Full article via 19th century immigrants’ records released online | The National Archives.


New Thematic Publications on Human Trafficking & Refugees

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Publications on Human Trafficking & Refugees

“Abuse and Trafficking among Female Migrants and Refugees,” Chapter in Violence against Women and Mental Health. Key Issues in Mental Health, vol. 178 (Karger, 2013) [abstract]

*Human Trafficking: Should be a Recognized Ground for Asylum (Birdsong’s Law Blog, March 2013) [text]

“Human Trafficking: The Case of Burmese Refugees in Thailand,” International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, Latest Articles, 31 Jan. 2013 [abstract]

The Limits of Refugee Law: Human Trafficking and Challenges to the International Protection Regime, London, 21 Feb. 2013 [info] [video]

Reflections on Thailand (2): Linking Statelessness and Trafficking in Persons (Statelessness Programme Blog, March 2013) [text]

*Refugees and the Rashaida: Human Smuggling and Trafficking from Eritrea to Sudan and Egypt, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 254 (UNHCR, March 2013) [text]

Report by Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Following her Visit to Ireland from 30 January to 02 February 2012, Doc. No.  SEC.GAL/246/12 (OSCE, Feb. 2013) [text]
– See also related press release, which notes that the report found “that up to 60% of trafficking victims are being denied full entitlements and benefits as they are treated solely as asylum seekers… .”

“Ruthless Kidnapping Rings Reach from Desert Sands to U.S. Cities,” Wall Street Journal, 1 March 2013 [text]
– Above graphic accompanies article.

“Trafficking Risks for Refugees,” Societies Without Borders, vol. 7, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]
– See also earlier conference paper version.



Call for Papers: Gender, the Refugee and Displacement Conference

Gender, the Refugee and Displacement (1900-1950)

Newcastle University, Friday 5th July 2013


Professor Peter Gatrell (Manchester University)

Call For Papers: This interdisciplinary one-day symposium will interrogate the links between gender and displacement from the turn of the twentieth century, through both World Wars and into the post-war period. Addressing a crucial gap in scholarship surrounding displacement and gender within the critical canon of war studies, it asks how gender influences or impacts displacement during the two world wars and how, in particular, men and women experience and represent displacement differently?  It interrogates the historic association of the refugee with the female, existing outside the symbolic order and beyond the nation, particularly at times of war (Plain, 1994). It addresses the embodied experience of displacement, such as the tendency for refugees and Internally Displaced People to experience rape, torture and physical violence as well as other forms of emotional or physical hardship, as well as the representation of displacement in literary, biographical and historical works with relation to ideas around gender and empowerment during this period. In particular, this conference brings together academics working across the disciplines, looking at the intersections between gender and displacement in a range of discourses legal and historical, literary and political, artistic and geographical in and around the two world wars. It welcomes abstracts from across the humanities and social sciences.

Papers are invited on any aspect of gender and displacement during this period, including but not exclusive to:

  • Male/female experiences of displacement;
  • Male/female descriptions or representations of displacement;
  • Childhood and displacement;
  • The politics of displacement/ power and displacement;
  • The experiences of IDPs and refugees;
  • Race and displacement;
  • Histories/geographies of displacement;
  • Theories of displacement;
  • The UN Convention on Refugees and the legal aspects of displacement.

Please send 300 word abstracts to Katherine Cooper (Katherine.cooper@ncl.ac.uk) before 1st May 2013.

This conference is supported by a generous grant from Newcastle University’s Gender Research Group.

Organised by: Katherine Cooper

Katherine Cooper
PhD Candidate

School of English Language, Literature and Linguistics,
Newcastle University

Gender, The Refugee and Displacement, 1900-1950 Conference
5th July 2013, Newcastle University

Out now: The Female Figure in Contemporary Historical Fiction:


News: Bangladesh’s climate refugees: ‘it’s a question of life’ – audio slideshow

Disappearing world … a project for climate refugees near Cox’s Bazar, as people have been forced from islands such as Kutubdia in the Bay of Bengal. Photograph: Salman Saeed. The Guardian Online – Sea change: the Bay of Bengal’s vanishing islands.

The Guardian Online has recently published an interesting audio slideshow detailing the impact of climate change on refugees and Bangladesh.  The article is entitled, `Bangladesh’s climate refugees: ‘it’s a question of life’ – audio slideshow’ and the introduction to the article states:

Many Bangladeshis have relocated from the vanishing island of Kutubdia in the Bay of Bengal to Cox’s Bazaar. But they are being asked to move once again as sea levels rise and people’s livelihoods are put at risk by climate change. John Vidal interviews Kutubdia island administrator Firoza Ahmed, who defends the government’s attempts to protect people but recognises that food production is being hampered, and Aminul Hashim, who has been displaced and says: ‘I have lost all of my land, my house. It’s very hard here’

The full link to the audio slideshow is here:  www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/interactive/2013/jan/29/bangladesh-climate-refugees-audio-slideshow

The Guardian Online has published a number of related articles which are detailed below:

The Guardian Online – Bangladesh’s climate refugees: ‘it’s a question of life’ – audio slideshow

The Guardian Online – Sea change: the Bay of Bengal’s vanishing islands

The Guardian Online – Bangladesh: after the floods comes the hunger – in pictures

The Guardian Online – Bangladesh’s once welcome floods are now harbingers of disaster

The Guardian Online – Bangladesh farmers caught in vicious cycle of flood and debt

The Guardian Online – The threat posed by climate change in Bangladesh – in pictures

The Guardian Online – ‘We have seen the enemy’: Bangladesh’s war against climate change


New Publications on Health; Refugees in Scotland; Migration Policy; Human Trafficking and Asylum Legal Aid

Publications on Health

“Translating Healthcare: Stories from refugees, providers, and friends.”
By Miriam Mara, Kevin Brooks.

Drawing on interviews and participatory observation, this article weaves stories of translating healthcare told from the perspectives of refugees, health care providers, and friends. The research finds that while literal translations of documents and information are important to the health care process for refugees of New Americans, cultural translations of concepts like health care and preventive care are perhaps even more important. That translation, however, is not simple or literal either; refugees and New Americans may resist, or remain suspicious of, these concepts even once understood. Friends of refugees can provide an important role in helping with cultural and institutional translations, and their role should be consider as part of a culturally-centered approach to healthcare, as outlined by Dutta (2008). Note: all participant and researcher names have been changed in order to protect human subjects.

“The introduction of the voice of the subaltern participant in the discursive space elucidates the interaction between structure and agency” (Dutta, 2008 p. 248).

(Source: Kevin Brooks).

Cultural Traditions and the Reproductive Health of Somali Women: Comprehensive Research Report
By Nancy Deyo.
[Access Full Report]
See Also – “Minnesota Somalis lack culturally competent reproductive health care” .
(Source: Kevin Brooks)

Publications form the Minority Ethnic Matters Overview (MEMO) Newsletter.

MEMO is produced by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities in partnership with BEMIS – empowering Scotland’s ethnic and cultural minority communities. It provides an overview of information of interest to minority ethnic communities in Scotland, including parliamentary activity at Holyrood and Westminster, new publications, consultations, forthcoming conferences and news reports.

Publications from Memo 336

Improving the Lives of Refugees in Scotland after the Referendum: An Appraisal of the Options
By the Scottish Refugee Council
[Download Full Report]

Fair and democratic migration policy: A principled framework for the UK
By the IPPR.
[Download Full Report]

Beyond borders: Human trafficking from Nigeria to the UK
By the IPPR.
[Download Full Report]

Publications from Memo 332

Justice At Risk: Quality and Value for Money in Asylum Legal Aid
By the Runnymede Trust
[Download Full Report]



Event: Life in Burma and Life as a Refugee

Life in Burma and Life as a Refugee

Mr Ian Werrett (Formerly of the Chow Kit Foundation (Assistant Centre Manager / Outreach Worker) and UNICEF (Researcher). Currently writing for ‘LLB Online’ and ‘Interact UK’)

Date: 21 November 2012Time: 3:15 PM
Finishes: 21 November 2012Time: 5:00 PM
Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: 403
Type of Event: Seminar
Series: CSEAS Seminar Programme

CSEAS Special Student Event


This seminar will tell the story of those who lived in and fled Burma. Ian will recount personal stories shared with him by those who had been subject to sever oppression by both the military regime in Burma and human traffickers. Personal cases and pictures will be shared to offer an insight into the life of a refugee.

Feel free to raise any topics for discussion:

  • What do those who have fled Burma really think of Aung San Suu Kyi?
  • What is life like for someone who is living illegally in Malaysia?
  • How do refugees cross the borders?
  • How do children view genocide?
  • Is the UN doing enough?
Speaker Biography

Ian began working with Burmese refugees in 2009, conducting outreach to four different refugee communities.  Ian was detailing their needs and providing educational materials, health care and legal assistance. After one year of gathering information Ian was hired by the United Nations to submit research on the plight of refugee children living in Kuala Lumpur. Ian has provided information to Burma Campaign UK and the Malaysian Government.

In 2012, after 3 years in Kuala Lumpur he has returned to the UK to raise awareness about the situation for children living in Burma and those living as refugees in Malaysia.

Organiser: Centres & Programmes Office
Contact email: centres@soas.ac.uk


New Reports and Publications on Health Issues

Details of these new resources were originally found on the Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog produced by Elisa Mason.

New Reports and Publications on Health Issues:

Health Care in Danger: The Responsibilities of Health-care Personnel Working in Armed Conflicts and Other Emergencies (ICRC, Aug. 2012) [text]

Household Based Survey of Retrospective Mortality Rates, Prevalence of Malnutrition, Vaccination Coverage and Basic Needs: Yida Refugee Camp Unity State, South Sudan (MSF, Aug. 2012) [text]

“Inequalities in Mortality among Refugees and Immigrants Compared to Naative Danes: A Historical Prospective Cohort Study,” BMC Public Health 12:757 (Sept. 2012) [open access text]

“Mental Health of Asylum Seekers: A Cross-sectional Study of Psychiatric Disorders,” BMC Psychiatry 12:114 (Aug. 2012) [open access text]

Narrowing Our Moral Community of Concern: A Critique of Canada’s New Refugee Policies (Access Denied, July 2012) [text]

“The Psychological Problems of North Korean Adolescent Refugees Living in South Korea,” Psychiatry Investigation, vol. 9, no. 3 (Sept. 2012) [open access text]

“Risky Alcohol Use among Reproductive-age Men, not Women, in Mae La Refugee Camp, Thailand, 2009,” Conflict and Health 6:7 (Sept. 2012) [open access text]

“Seroprevalence of Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection and Prior Immunity in Immigrants and Refugees: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” PLoS ONE 7(9): e44611 (Sept. 2012) [open access text]

Refugee Health Bibliography:

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, here is a list of some essential reading recommended by Jeff Crisp, Head of UNHCR’s Policy Development and Evaluation Service (PDES), specifically relating to refugee health.  Most articles are free or open access.

“Child Acute Malnutrition and Mortality in Populations Affected by Displacement in the Horn of Africa, 1997–2009,” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 9, no. 3 (March 2012) [text]

“If You Could Only Choose Five Psychotropic Medicines: Updating the Interagency Emergency Health Kit,” PLoS Medicine, vol. 8, no. 5:  e1001030 (May 2011) [text]

“Measles — Horn of Africa, 2010–2011,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, vol. 61, no. 34 (Aug. 2012) [text]

“Neonatal Survival Interventions in Humanitarian Emergencies: A Survey of Current Practices and  Programs,” Conflict and Health 6:2 (July 2012) [text]

“Reportable Neurologic Diseases in Refugee Camps in 19 Countries,” Neurology, vol. 79, no. 9 (Aug. 2012) [abstract]
– Even though the complete text of this article is not available online, you can listen to a free podcast interview with one of the author’s (scroll down to 28 Aug. 2012) and take a related Continuing Medical Education (CME) exam online.

“Refugee Site Health Service Utilization: More Needs to be Done,” American Journal of Disaster Medicine, vol. 6, no. 4 (July/Aug. 2011) [abstract]

“Six Rapid Assessments of Alcohol and Other Substance Use in Populations Displaced by Conflict,” Conflict and Health 5:1 (Feb. 2011) [text]

“The State of the World’s Refugees: Adapting Health Responses to Urban Environments,” JAMA, vol. 308, no. 7 (Aug. 2012) [text]

“United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Feeding Program Performance in Kenya and Tanzania: A Retrospective Analysis of Routine Health Information System Data,” Food and Nutrition Bulletin, vol. 33, no. 2 (June 2012) [abstract]
– See also related article published earlier by same authors.

“Utilization of Outpatient Services in Refugee Settlement Health Facilities: A Comparison by Age, Gender, and Refugee Versus Host National Status,” Conflict and Health 5:19 (Sept. 2011) [text]


Publications on Iraqi Refugees; Homelessness; Trafficking; Roma

Iraqi refugees: making the urban refugee approach context-specific
Article published in the Humanitarian Exchange Magazine  Issue 51, (July 2011).
By Géraldine Chatelard.
[Download Article]
(Source: ALNAP).

Homelessness kills: An analysis of the mortality of homeless people in early twenty-first century England.
Report by Crisis(UK).
From the main findings:

Homeless people are more likely to die young, with an average age of death of 47 years old and even lower for homeless women at 43, compared to 77 for the general population, 74 for men and 80 for women. It is important to note that this is not life expectancy; it is the average age of death of those who die on the streets or while resident in homeless accommodation.

[Download Full Report and the Executive Summary]
(Source: DocuBase)

Trafficking in Persons: International Dimensions and Foreign Policy Issues for Congress
Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists).
From the summary:

Trafficking in persons, or human trafficking, refers to the subjection of men, women, and children to exploitative conditions that can be tantamount to slavery. Reports suggest that human trafficking is a global phenomenon, victimizing millions of people each year and contributing to a multi-billion dollar criminal industry. It is a centuries-old problem that, despite international and U.S. efforts to eliminate it, continues to occur in virtually every country in the world. Human trafficking is also an international and cross-cutting policy problem that bears on a range of major national security, human rights, criminal justice, social, economic, migration, gender, public health, and labor issues…

[Download Full Report]
(Source: DocuBase)

Reducing Vulnerability and Promoting the Self- Employment of Roma in Eastern Europe Through Financial Inclusion.
Report by the World Bank.
[Download Full Report]
Further information:-
(Source: Roma Solidarity News)
Further information:-
The Slovak Spectator – World Bank: Only one in five Roma in Slovakia has a job.
The World Bank – New World Bank Report Calls for Financial Inclusion of Roma in Eastern Europe through a Comprehensive, Incremental Approach.
The World Bank – Self-Employment through Social Microcredit: A Way Forward for Roma’s Financial Inclusion in Eastern Europe.


New Publications on Asylum and Population Control; Global Refugee Policy; Mining-Induced Displacement; Refugee Resettlement in America; Refugees of the Arab Spring `Living Under Drones’;

Asylum and population control

Asylum and population control

Asylum and population control: assessing UNHCR’s sexual and reproductive health programme in Guatemalan refugee settlements
Refugee Studies Centre (Oxford) Working Paper Series Number 83.
By Dr Oscar Gil-Garcia.

From the Abstract:

The UN and other multilateral agencies in the fields of relief and development, under the premise of promoting gender equality, increasingly identify reproductive health care to displaced people as a ‘durable solution’ to prevent maternal mortality, complications following abortion, sex gender-based violence (SGBV), and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

The UNHCR response to displaced Guatemalan’s seeking asylum in Mexico is the first case where gender equality discourse was used to justify the inclusion of health interventions to respond to SGBV in its humanitarian projects. Questions remain on how gender equality discourse became institutionalised within UNHCR and its impact in shaping health interventions.What role does gender play in shaping health provision, specifically reproductive health, to refugee communities? What lessons can be gained from displaced communities in their provision of health services? To answer these questions, this paper presents findings from ethnographic research among forced migrants living in La Gloria, the largest of the 36 original refugee camps, located in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico.

[Download Full Working Paper]
(Source: Refugee Studies Centre)

Background paper: Global Refugee Policy: varying perspectives, unanswered

Background paper: Global Refugee Policy

Background paper: Global Refugee Policy

By Sarah Deardorff Miller.

Global Refugee Policy (GRP) is a phrase often used by scholars, practitioners and policymakers, but one that is seldom conceptualised, defined or unpacked. Indeed, understanding of GRP is highly contingent on the ontological assumptions and disciplinary lenses applied from the beginning. And yet despite its hazy nature, scholars of all persuasions generally agree that policies have the potential to deeply affect the lives of refugees and other forced migrants in significant ways, from constraining their access to basic human rights, to influencing how, when and where refugees may choose to move.
This paper has been prepared for the RSC 30th Anniversary Conference, 6-7 December 2012.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Refugee Studies Centre)

Living Under Drones: Death, Injury ,and Trauma to Civilians From US Drones.
A researched and documented study by the New York University Law School Global Justice Clinic and Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Librarians and Human Rights)

Mining-Induced Displacement and Resettlement: Social Problem and Human Rights Issue (a Global Perspective).
By Bogumil Terminski.
[Access Full Report]
(Source: Social Science Research Network)

Refugee Resettlement in America: The Iraqi Refugee Experience in Upstate, New York.
Cairo Papers on Migration and Refugees Paper No. 1/ July 2012
By Christine M. Fandrich.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source: The American University in Egypt)

Refugees of the Arab Spring: The Syrian Refugees in Lebanon April 2011-April 2012
Cairo Papers on Migration and Refugees Paper No. 2/ August 2012
By Sam Van Vliet and Guita Hourani.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source: The American University in Egypt)


Event: Refugees into Schools: ‘Sharing learning and lessons for the future’

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Refugees into Schools: ‘Sharing learning and lessons for the future’

Conference Hall, Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road

Thursday 13th September, 10am – 4.30pm

We would like to invite you to our celebration event for Refugees into Schools. As the project in its current form draws to end, we would like to use this occasion to share what we have learned from meeting with over 5,000 children in London’s schools over the last 4 academic years. We also want to celebrate the support from our volunteers and thank them for making Refugees into Schools such a success.

The project developed to focus increasingly with refugee community organisations, building their capacity to engage with schools and deliver a similar visits. The morning session will provide an insight into how this can happen and how communities can work effectively with schools.

The afternoon session will feature a presentation on the key outcomes from our work with schools and communities, how this fits in with public sector equality duties and a panel discussion with those who have been involved with various aspects of the project.

We will also be distributing reports on children’s attitudes towards refugees, and civic participation among refugees, in addition to a new resource pack for school teachers.

Participants are welcome to attend either the morning or afternoon session, or both. Pre-booking for this event is essential. Please email ris@employabilityforum.co.uk or call 0207 697 4113 to reserve your place. A programme for the event, along with a flyer, can be found here. Please feel free to distribute or advertise both within your networks.

We look forward to sharing our project findings with you.

Kind regards,

Tom Shakhli
Policy and Projects Officer

New Publications on the English Defence League; Liberian Refugees; Burma; Bangladesh; Mining

Report on the policing of theEnglish Defence League andCounter Protests in Leicesteron 4th February 2012.

Report on the policing of the English Defence League

Report on the policing of the English Defence League and Counter Protests in Leicester on 4th February 2012.
A new report by Netpol.

Netpol has published a critical report into the policing of the EDL and Counter demonstrations of February 4th in Leicester. The report is a collation of the evidence and observations obtained by a team of community-based legal observers who spent the day monitoring the policing of both EDL and counter-demonstrations. The legal observers deployed were local volunteers trained by Netpol with support from The Race Equality Centre (TREC) and Highfields Centre.

(Source: Institute of Race Relations – Business as Usual).

Struggling to find solutions: Liberian refugees in Ghana
By Naohiko Omata.
UNHCR New Issues in Refugee Research, Research Paper No. 234.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source: UNHCR)

Extreme Measures: Torture and Ill Treatment in Burma since the 2010

Extreme Measures

Extreme Measures

A new report by the Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma.

The Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma (ND-Burma) released a new report in Bangkok today, documenting the Government of Burma’s use of torture and ill treatment against its own people since the November 2010 elections.

“The international community has been applauding the government for recent gestures towards change; essentially they are praising the government for continuing to violate the fundamental rights of the people of Burma,” said Twan Zaw from All Arakan Students’ and Youths’ Congress and a leader of ND-Burma’s Advocacy Team. “For there to be a real progress towards genuine democracy, the government must address the lack of domestic legislation against torture, the absence of an independent judiciary and the current system of impunity.”

[Download Full Report]
(Source: ND-Burma Launches Report Documenting Torture and Ill Treatment in Burma Since the 2010 Elections).

Bangladesh: Militarization in the Chittagong Hill Tracts

Bangladesh: Militarization in the Chittagong Hill Tracts

Bangladesh: Militarization in the Chittagong Hill Tracts – The slow demise of the region’s indigenous peoples.
IWGIA Report 14.
A new report by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, (IWGIA).

The military has played a decisive role in Bangladesh. Its influence over political, economic and social affairs is particularly pronounced in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), a region of natural abundance and home to 11 indigenous groups numbering approximately 700,000 people; this is a region, however, which has experienced decades of relentless human rights violations.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: IWGIA).

MMSD+10: Reflecting on a decade

MMSD+10: Reflecting on a decade

MMSD+10: Reflecting on a decade
A new report by the International Institute for Environment and Development, (IIED).

It is 10 years since the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) initiative was completed. Its findings were game-changing for the sector, and mining CEOs of the day committed to act on its agenda as a robust and credible way to maximise the sector’s contribution to sustainable development. So where are we, 10 years on? How far have we travelled towards a sustainable and responsible mineral industry? This paper is intended as a ‘conversation starter’ – providing an initial assessment of the mining and minerals sector’s achievements against the MMSD agenda and opening up further discussion. Contribute your thoughts to where the industry is going and what the agenda should be for the next 10 years at www.iied.org/mmsd

[Download Full Report]
(Source: The Guardian – The mining sector searches for sustainability).


New Pubs. on Refugee Research, Youth, Newly Arrived Migrants, Employment

Journal of Refugee Studies

Journal of Refugee Studies

Forcing the Issue: Migration Crises and the Uneasy Dialogue between Refugee Research and Policy
By Nicholas Van Hear
Journal of Refugee Studies – Advanced Access.

Abstract from the Oxford Journals website:

Refugee studies are often said to be a product of the policy world, shaped by global power relations and in particular by the interests of the global north. This article attempts to refine this view by exploring the relationship between refugees and forced migration as ‘real world’ phenomena and refugee or forced migration studies as a field of enquiry. The article takes two upheavals—the collapse of communist regimes in 1989–1991 and the financial and economic crisis of 2008–2011—to mark out or ‘bookend’ a period of about two decades during which we may track migration crises and upheavals of varying magnitudes and depth, and relate these developments to the unfolding of refugee or forced migration studies. Taking issue with some commentators’ views about the relationship between ‘real world’ forced migration and the development of forced migration studies as an analytical field, the article addresses the relations among three types of thinking: social science understandings of refugees and forced migration; thinking about refugees and forced migration in the world of policy and practice; and popular or everyday thinking about refugees. Concepts travel among these spheres of thinking and are shaped and transformed en route. Subject to power relations like other forms of knowledge, social science research on forced migration may influence both popular and governmental thinking as much as policy categories shape forced migration research.

(Source: Oxford Journals)

The Employment Rights of Refugees in Africa under the 1969 African Refugee Convention (Refugees and the Right to Work, Dec. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Making Our Way: Resettled Refugee and Asylee Youth in New York City (Women’s Refugee Commission, Dec. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Participation and Employment: A Survey of Newly Arrived Migrants and Refugees in Melbourne (AMES, 2011) [text via BroCAP]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Preventing Gender-Based Violence, Building Livelihoods: Guidance and Tools for Improved Programming (Women’s Refugee Commission, Dec. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

New Pubs. on Being a Refugee ; UN Integration ; Racism ; Migration ; and new Working Papers

Being A RefugeeUNHCR’s Central Europe office has published its Participatory Assessment Report for 2010: Being a Refugee: How Refugees and Asylum-seekers Experience Life in Central Europe.   Earlier reports can be viewed here under AGDM Reports.
(Source:  Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog – http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/)

UN Integration and Humanitarian Space: An Independent Study Commissioned by the UN Integration Steering Group.
Authors: Vicki Metcalfe, Alison Giffen and Samir Elhawary

Published by the ODI and Stimson Center .
[Download Report]
(Source: ODI).
Are You Saying I’m Racist?
A new report published by Trust for London, in partnership with the Runnymede Trust.
Details from the Runnymede Trust website state that:

The report finds that racist violence continues to be a serious problem in the UK, particularly amongst young people in London.
It argues that a “zero tolerance” approach to racism, such as teachers excluding pupils for such behaviour from school, has failed and can drive the problem underground.
Instead, the report argues, a more proactive response that draws out the problem and confronts it with the aim of prevention is needed.
The report focuses on three initiatives taking place across London which specialise in preventative approaches to tackling racist violence, based in Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich and Bexley.

[Download Full Report]
[Download Report Summary]
Further Information: Runnymede Trust Press Release and the Trust for London website.

IPPR Migration Review 2011/12
[Download Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network).

Working PaperDisplacement in Post-War Southern Sudan: Survival and Accumulation within Urban Perimeters, Research Working Paper, no. 57 (MICROCON, Nov. 2011) [text]
(Source:  Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog – http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/)

Forced Migration, Female Labour Force Participation, and Intra-household Bargaining: Does Conflict Empower Women?, Research Working Paper, no. 56 (MICROCON, Nov. 2011) [text]
(Source:  Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog – http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/)

The ‘Next Generation’ Visa: Belt and Braces or the Emperor’s New Clothes?, CEPS Paper on Liberty and Security in Europe (Centre for European Policy Studies, Oct. 2011) [text]
(Source:  Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog – http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/)

Precarious Housing and Hidden Homelessness among Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Immigrants in the Toronto Metropolitan Area, Working Paper, no. 87 (CERIS, Dec. 2011) [text]
(Source:  Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog – http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/)

New Pubs. on Somalia, Europe, Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh, (et al)

A Commentary on the October 2011 Somalia Operational Guidance Note (Still
Human, Still Here & ARC, Dec. 2011)

(Source: Forced Migration Discussion List).

Safe and Secure: How Do Refugees Experience Europe’s Borders? Modern
Challenges to Protection and the 1951 Refugee Convention (JRS Europe, Dec.
(Source: Forced Migration Discussion List).

States of Denial: A Review of UNHCR’s Response to the Protracted Situation of
Stateless Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh, PDES/2011/13 (UNHCR, Dec. 2011)
(Source: Forced Migration Discussion List).

From Crisis to Community Development: Needs and Assets of Oakland’s Refugees
from Burma (Burma Refugee Family Network, November 2011)
(Source: Forced Migration Discussion List).

“Key features and outcomes of recent EU humanitarian aid directed at refugee
crises in Libya and the Horn of Africa,” Interview with Kristalina Georgieva,
EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis
Response (EurAsylum, November 2011)
(Source: Forced Migration Discussion List).

Mapping Statelessness in the United Kingdom (UNHCR UK & Asylum Aid, November 2011)
(Source: Forced Migration Discussion List).

The Migration-Displacement Nexus: Patterns, Processes, and Policies, Edited
by Khalid Koser and Susan Martin (Berghahn Books, September 2011)
(Source: Forced Migration Discussion List).

Protecting the rights of Roma (Council of Europe, November 2011)
(Source: Forced Migration Discussion List).

Refugees, Migrants, and Development: An analysis of current trends in
global-level dialogues on migration, forced migration, and development, by
Saskia Koppenberg (Ibidem-Verlag, November 2011)
(Source: Forced Migration Discussion List).

“This is Our Land”: Ethnic Violence and Internal Displacement in North-east
India (NRC & IDMC, November 2011)

(Source: Forced Migration Discussion List).